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Posts tagged “Vivek Wadhwa”

September 12, 2013

Premium Lock Why education is a must: They promised us flying cars; instead we got caffeine spray

Vivek Wadhwa Opinion from Vivek Wadhwa: Frustrated that Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs "were not on focused on breakthrough technologies that will take civilization to the next level", Peter Thiel announced the Thiel Fellowship in September 2010. He paid children $100,000 not to complete their college education. His plan was to have them build world-changing companies instead of wasting their time at school and being burdened by "incredible amounts of debt." So far, however, results have been meager.

September 4, 2013

Premium Lock Nokia can't save Microsoft - Only its geniuses can!

Vivek Wadhwa: Microsoft's announcement that it is buying Nokia's Devices and Services unit shows it thinks that by acquiring the right technology, it can regain its lost momentum. Sadly, the company is mistaken. Microsoft's problem isn't that it has too little technology; it has too much. And it has too many smart people whose talent is being wasted.

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September 3, 2013

Premium Lock Wadhwa: To continue innovating, Microsoft should break itself up

Opinion: Vivek Wadhwa explains why he thinks breaking up Microsoft offers the best path forward for the company.

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August 26, 2013

Premium Lock Why PR is your best marketing tool - and how to use it

Marketing in a recession Vivek Wadhwa: When I founded my own business, Relativity Technologies, in 1997, I gave PR precedence over marketing and decided we would talk about whatever the media was interested in. My employees and I might make mistakes, be misquoted, and perhaps give out too much information, but I was willing to take the chance. We would have a policy of being accessible to and totally open with the media, customers, and investors. We would let our guard down and be ourselves. The decision paid immense dividends.

August 23, 2013

Premium Lock No, you are not too old to innovate - The truth about entrepreneurs

Information technology Vivek Wadhwa: Myths abound about the young entrepreneurs who dreamed up crazy ideas while in their dorm room, raised millions of dollars in venture capital, and started billion-dollar businesses. But these are just the outliers. The typical entrepreneur is more like Albert -- a middle-aged professional who learns about a market need and starts a company with his own savings.

August 19, 2013

Premium Lock If you want to be an entrepreneur, don't go to Harvard

Jobs Vivek Wadhwa: Student loan debt is the reason I don't advise students who want to become entrepreneurs to apply to elite, expensive colleges. They can be as successful if they go to a relatively inexpensive public college. It is the same in India and China as it is in the U.S. I have done three research projects which reached the same surprising conclusions.

Updated August 14, 2013

Premium Lock Why Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs's wife are taking a stand on immigration

Vivek Wadhwa: Like Mark Zuckerberg and Lauren Powell Jobs, we should speak up about this injustice and cause our political leaders to take action to approve comprehensive immigration reform. This can't wait. We have a generation of Americans who could be contributing to this nation's success.

August 7, 2013

Premium Lock Let's curb our 3D-printer enthusiasm, folks

Opinion: Vivek Wadhwa says we are only in the early stages of 3D printing. The curve is flat for the foreseeable future ...


July 22, 2013

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Media relations are crucial to startup success

So if you're starting a business, the question you may ask is: How does one get PR--and what does it cost?The good news is that PR doesn't have to cost much. You don't need to hire high-priced agencies that specialize in racking up big bills and spamming journalists. But it does require corporate executives--preferably the CEO--to take a proactive approach and to be open and available. Here are some insider tips.

Who are you? Who are you?

April 26, 2013

Premium Lock Why older entrepreneurs are crucial, even in Silicon Valley

Opinion: It wasn't long ago that age was equated with knowledge. The apprentice learned from the master and the disciple from the guru. Older workers earned higher salaries because of their experience. Even today, we feel more comfortable with doctors, airline pilots, and Presidents who have grey hair. Yet older workers in many industries can't even get interviews. Whether it is in computer programming or entrepreneurship, older workers have many advantages - they still are the experts.

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April 22, 2013

Premium Lock The tech industry's darkest secret: It's all about age

Opinion: The harsh reality is that if you are middle-aged, write computer code for a living, and earn a six-figure salary, you're headed for the unemployment lines. Your market value declines as you age and it becomes harder and harder to get a job.

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Updated April 8, 2013

Premium Lock Attention, entrepreneurs: Look before you leap into that MBA

Opinion: My Wall Street Journal article about why I discourage students who want to become entrepreneurs from doing an MBA provoked a far stronger reaction than I expected. The vast majority of the emails and comments were in agreement -- including from business-school professors. What shocked me were the angry online comments, Tweets, and emails from a few MBA students--because of their lack of professionalism. So it is clear that this issue is highly contentious.

Are MBAs really for entrepreneurs? Are MBAs really for entrepreneurs?

Updated April 1, 2013

Premium Lock Women in tech face many challenges - but there is hope

Opinion: I used to call Silicon Valley the world's greatest meritocracy. I was wrong. There is no meritocracy when it comes to the inclusion of women. But that could change.

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December 14, 2012

Premium Lock Does China own the future? Don't count on it

Dispatches from the Valley: Former Triangle tech entrepreneur and now Duke professor Vivek Wadhwa says the future doesn't belong to China, offers advice to startups, and says immigration debate has been reduced to "ugly politics."

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December 4, 2012

Premium Lock Immigration reform destined to be another Obamacare

Immigration debate rages on Opinion: Until recently, I was optimistic that our President and the Democratic Party would do what they were promising and fix the immigration problem. At best, we will get another badly needed, but flawed and unpopular bill like Obamacare.

Updated October 8, 2012

Premium Lock U.S. economy needs more immigrants, former RTP exec writes

In "The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent," former Triangle tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa staunchly defends immigrants and what they mean to America's future.

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Updated September 25, 2012

Premium Lock iPhone maps warn Apple could become 'another Microsoft'

Vivek Wadhwa Opinion: Former Triangle tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, now an academic, joins the debate over Apple's own maps vs. Google Maps and whether the new iPhone is truly disruptive innovation.

August 31, 2012

Premium Lock Why Apple needs to lose Samsung patent appeal

Vivek Wadhwa Analysis: Apple's victory could be its curse - doom it to go the way of Microsoft and RIM. Competition is the best catalyst for innovation, after all, writes former Triangle tech entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa.

Updated February 1, 2012

Premium Lock Defending older entrepreneurs: VCs wrong in preferring the young

STATE OF VENTURE: In a story written for MIT's Technology Review, former Triangle entrepreneur and current Duke academic says innovation is limited by age. "Young stars dominate the technology headlines," he writes. "But outside the Internet, research shows, innovators are actually getting older as complexity rises."

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Updated September 9, 2011

Premium Lock BusinessWeek: How Software is Harming Science, Engineering

Vivek Wadhwa Marc Andreesen's recent contention that the software industry is ready to "take over broad swathes of the economy" is delusion because software is slower to develop than other aspects of technology.

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